Documenting Fraudsters

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Document fraud is a serious threat to national security. Criminals who manufacture or sell fake identity documents such as driver’s licenses, birth certificates, Social Security cards, passports or green cards, can create vulnerabilities where terrorists, criminals and undocumented immigrants can enter and remain in the United States. (That is definitely not a good thing.) An article published by The Washington Times tells the story of a Mexican national whose illegal acts threatened the security of our nation.

U.S. citizenship comes with a lot of benefits, and that’s why fake identification documents are in high demand. The story states that the 38-year-old defendant admitted to producing and selling six fake green cards and six bogus Social Security cards for immigrants who were in the U.S. illegally. (I wonder if he made a set for himself.) Apparently, he had been doing this for six years.

It looks like the number six was not very lucky for this criminal. The fraudster will spend 15 months in federal prison for his illegal acts. He will also serve three years of supervised release after the completion of his prison sentence.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) takes this type of fraud seriously and combats crime through the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Document and Benefit Fraud Task Force. Congratulations are in order for this multi-agency team made up of federal, state and local law enforcement that stopped this fraudster from exposing our nation to danger and exploiting the U.S. immigration process.

Source: Today’s ”Fraud of the Day” is based on an article titled, ”Man Sentenced in Phoenix for Green Card Fraud,” published by The Washington Times on August 16, 2014.

PHOENIX (AP) – Federal authorities say a Mexican national has been sentenced to prison for manufacturing and selling fraudulent green cards and Social Security cards.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Friday that 38-year-old Emilio Antonio-Bonifacio received a sentence this week of 15 months in federal prison. He will be on three years of supervised release following his sentence.

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Larry Benson, Senior Director of Strategic Alliances, LexisNexis Risk Solutions - Government

Larry Benson is responsible for developing strategic partnerships and solutions for the government vertical. His expertise focuses on how government programs are defrauded by criminal groups, and the approaches necessary to prevent them from succeeding.

Mr. Benson has 30 years of experience in sales and business development. Before joining LexisNexis® Risk Solutions, he spent 12 years founding and managing two software technology startups. During the 1990s he spent 10 years as a Regional Director helping to grow a New England-based technology company from 300 employees to 7,000. He started his career with Martin Marietta Aerospace working on laser guided weapons and day/night vision systems.

A sought-after speaker and accomplished writer, Mr. Benson is the principal author of “Fraud of the Day,” a website dedicated to educating government officials about how criminals are defrauding government programs. He has co-authored WTF? Where’s the Fraud? How to Unmask and Stop Identity Fraud’s Drain on Our Government, and Data Personified, How Fraud is Changing the Meaning of Identity.

Benson holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Albright College, and earned two graduate degrees – a Master of Business Administration from Florida Institute of Technology, and a Master of Science in Engineering from Lehigh University.